We have the ability to cause FA Cup shock - Brighton keeper Ryan
Mathew Ryan believes Brighton & Hove Albion can make a game of it against Manchester City at Wembley tomorrow (Saturday).
Pep Guardiola’s men are clear favourites with the bookies to keep their quadruple hopes alive but Albion’s keeper believes his side have the ability to pull off what would be a shock FA Cup win.
Speaking after the defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday night, Ryan said: “I think it’s irrelevant (what the bookies say), we go into it focussing on what we can do.
“They are favourites because of what they have done with the quality they have got all season and the previous seasons.
“In sport anything can happen. I believe in our ability and we can make a game of it. If it’s our day we can walk away with a victory.”
Albion go into the game on the back of two defeats but Ryan says the longer they can stay in the game against City, the more chance they will have.
He said: “It will be a much similar game plan as tonight and to weather the storm they are going to throw at us early and keep ourselves in the game.
“In the first half (against Chelsea) we got into their area and a little bit more luck, composure or quality we maybe could have put a goal away and gone 1-0 up.
“That will be the goal first and foremost to be solid defensively and not give them a leg up and get their confidence up.
“If we can do that and manage to keep ourselves in the game then I believe we can score a goal.”
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He said: “I am expecting this one to be a little bit different, a very different occasion. I am very much looking forward to it.”
Ryan tasted cup success when he won the Belgian Cup with Club Brugge in 2014-15 and he wants that feeling again.
He said: “Anytime you are successful and win trophies, that’s why you play the game.
When you go through a plan and a strategy with a side and be successful in a tournament whether that’s league, cups, whatever, the sweetest thing is the end of that final and lifting that silverware. There’s no better feeling.
“That’s the goal with this FA Cup competition and we will be doing everything we can come Saturday.”
Ryan is looking forward to the reception the side will get from the 35,000 Albion fans who will be at the famous stadium.
He said: “The Seagulls family are definitely going to be there in full voice.
“I am looking forward to the spectacle and how they are going to receive us there. Every game home or away they have been great and I am looking to it. It will be a bit strange having so many for an away game but it’s going to be great and I can’t wait to experience it.”
Ryan has no close family attending but his mum, who is always up watching in Australia, will be cheering him on at 3.30am.